Andrea Martin, Terrence McNally, Santino Fontana Join Drama League Gala Honoring Nathan Lane | Playbill

Benefits and Galas Andrea Martin, Terrence McNally, Santino Fontana Join Drama League Gala Honoring Nathan Lane
Previously announced gala participants include Matthew Broderick, Christine Baranski, Alex Newell, and Susan Stroman.
Terrence McNally, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana
Terrence McNally, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana

Tony Award winners Terrence McNally, Andrea Martin, and Jerry Zaks, as well as Billy Eichner, Santino Fontana, Jarrod Spector, and Teal Wicks have joined the Drama League’s 35th Annual Benefit Gala: A Musical Celebration of Broadway, honoring three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane.

Lane's Producers co-star, Matthew Broderick, will co-host the event on November 5 at 6:30 PM at The Plaza Hotel.

The lineup also includes the previously announced Christine Baranski, Mark Linn-Baker, Alex Newell, Ernie Sabella, and Susan Stroman.


Lane most recently won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in the Broadway transfer of Angels in America. He previously won for performances in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers. In 2013, the Drama League honored him with the coveted Distinguished Performance Award for his work in The Nance. Lane will return to Broadway this season in the world premiere of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac.

Veteran Chicago producer Fran Weissler will also be honored with the Drama League’s Visionary Leadership in American Theater Award as part of the gala evening.

Drama League Directors Project alum West Hyler is the director and co-writer of the gala program, with Laura Brandel as assistant director.

The 35th Annual Benefit Gala is produced by Drama League Associate Producer Travis LeMont Ballenger with Gala Associate Producer Sean Gorski. The creative team includes David Evans (music direction), Alessandra Marconi (choreography), Timothy Huang (additional lyrics), Melissa Spengler-Winner (production stage management), Nick Kolin (lighting design), Michael Tracey (sound design), and Whitney Locher (costume design).

For information about tickets, including VIP and Ballroom tables as well as individual seats, call (212) 244-9494, ext. 101 or visit

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